Jurgen Klopp: New Liverpool FC signing was a no-brainer

Jurgen Klopp opens up about Liverpool FC's decision to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted that signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City this summer was an easy decision for Liverpool FC.

The 26-year-old signed for the Reds on Friday night after weeks of speculation linking him with a move to Anfield following Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League.

The Switzerland international will now be hoping to help Liverpool FC to challenge for the Premier League title next season as they look to win their first trophy under Klopp.

Shaqiri was available for a cut price fee believed to be in the region of £13m following Stoke’s relegation from English football’s top flight.

And Klopp has admitted that the chance to sign the attacker this summer was simply too good to turn down.

Speaking in an interview with Liverpool FC’s website, Klopp said: “I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer’.

“When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart – and we have.

“He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things. To play for us these are mandatory requirements.”

Liverpool FC will be looking to challenge for major trophies next season after the Reds finished in fourth place and lost the Champions League final last term.

The Merseyside outfit are still looking to win their first piece of silverware since Klopp’s appointment at Anfield back in October 2015.

Liverpool FC have also brought in both Naby Keita and Fabinho this summer.

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